HAVIAH MIGHTY – © 2019 Dustin-Rabin
Haviah Mighty won the 2019 Polaris Music Prize for the album 13th Floor and with it $50,000 at the Carlu in Toronto. The event featured performances by nine of the 10 Polaris nominees; namely, Marie Davidson, Elisapie, FET.NAT, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Les Louanges, Haviah Mighty, PUP, Shad and Snotty Nose Rez Kids. CBC Music’s Raina Douris was the host for the gala.
The Polaris Prize is one of Canada’s most prestigious music prizes — it has been given to Arcade Fire and Caribou in the past. The 11-member grand jury selected Haviah Mighty from a short list of 10: Jacques Boivin (ecoutedonc.ca), Stephen Cooke (Chronicle Herald), Erin MacLeod (Freelance Journalist), Christine McAvoy (3AM Revelations), Max Mertens (Freelance Journalist), Nneka Nnagbo (Ottawa Beat & Melted Magazine), Ryan B. Patrick (Exclaim!), Chantal Rondeau (Indigenous Today), Fanny St-Amand (Belle et Bum), Richard Trapunski (NOW Magazine) and Melissa Vincent (A.Side). This prize is supported by FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and Ontario Creates.
The 2019 Polaris Short List was:
Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
Elisapie – The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
FET.NAT – Le Mal
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Stay Tuned!
Les Louanges – La nuit est une panthère
Haviah Mighty – 13th Floor
PUP – Morbid Stuff
Jessie Reyez – Being Human In Public
Shad – A Short Story About A War
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Trapline
About The Polaris Music Prize:
This music award is given based on merit not based on sales. An eleven person jury of music journalists and broadcasters was chosen from the larger, nationwide pool of nearly 200 Polaris jurors. This year also marked the third year of the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, which celebrates albums released before the Polaris got its start a decade ago, with shortlists selected by a jury and winners voted on by the public.
For more information go to: Polaris Music Prize.
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